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Spanish Capstone - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist undergraduate students in developing and writing their senior thesis in the Spanish Capstone Seminar, SPAN 1950.

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Spanish Senior Capstone Seminar

This guide will assist you in developing your research topic and subsequent paper for SPAN 1950: Senior Capstone Seminar in Spanish or for other projects in this area of study.  It will also provide you with links to helpful sites, including PITTCat+, online databases, and online tutorials.

The Spanish major at Pitt-Greensburg is "designed to strengthen written and spoken language skills," provide "a solid background in history, society, and politics," and familiarize students with the "literary and cultural heritage" of Spanish-speaking cultures.

The Research Process in a Nutshell

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject. For example:
    • Tango
    • Virgin of Guadalupe
    • Argentinian literature
    • Spanish Civil War
    • Junot Diaz
  • Search PITTCat+ and subject-oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully.
  • Don't forget that you can always ask a librarian for help!

These two sample worksheets will help you to develop a search strategy and understand how to evaluate a scholarly journal article.